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More on yesterday’s Pimping the Poor story

Nils and Cindy Bridson, Hamilton bludgers  Photo/ Facebook

Nils and Cindy Bridson, Hamilton bludgers Photo/ Facebook

Yesterday we looked into the latest Pimping the Poor from Fairfax.

And it touched a raw nerve with a friend of the dimwitted journalist who fell for the sad-faced drop-kicks who cried poverty.

Just to re-cap, Nils Bridson and his missus Cindy are crying poverty because they live in a house, can’t pay the rates, have multiple dogs, owe thousands in other undisclosed debts, don’t pay their power bills, or it seems any other bills and now have their hand out for taxpayers to save them yet again.

These people, simply put are too stupid to be allowed a house of their own.

To cap that off  they tout themselves on LinkedIn as business consultants.

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In short there is no redeeming feature of this couple to engender any sympathy…if they want some they can find it in the dictionary between sh*t and syphilis.

But that is not all there is to the story of this hapless and bewildered couple who it seems run off to the media for sad-face pictures at the drop of the hat. ¬† Read more »

As usual, pimping the poor and telling half the story [UPDATED]

Nils Bridson is troubled by his financial situation.

He leans back in his chair and nervously fidgets while his wife Cindy does most of the talking. And crying.

The couple should, by rights, be sitting pretty. They both set themselves up with assets. They worked hard. And if life hadn’t rippled the way it did, they would be fine.

But now Nils can’t afford to fix the broken window in the lounge, or repaint its flaking frame. The pension, plus a small handful of other government support, is all they have.

The retired dairy farmer, who is the son of a war hero, has lost much of what he had when his first marriage ended.

Cindy was married to a gambler, whose losses chewed up the bulk of her equity. She’s now too ill with arthritis to work. And if she did, she’d lose some of her support.

“This is not, as Kiwis, what we have signed up for,” she said. “I’m profoundly shocked at how hard retirement can be.”

Nils Bridson collects the pension, while Cindy gets the pension, a disability allowance, accommodation supplement, and temporary additional support.

Based on a Superannuation Payment Summary dated August 26, the Bridsons get a combined income of $1342.90 in the hand each fortnight from Work and Income. That’s after deductions for advance payments and a power bill Work and Income covered once.

1342.90 in the hand per fortnight is a total of $34,915.40 per year¬†after tax. ¬†Compare that to minimum wage, which is $29,640.00 per year before tax. ¬†¬†And it’s paying off a debt that Work and Income took care of. ¬† But that’s not the end of it. ¬† Read more »

Half of US judges use social media

I wonder how many judges in New Zealand are very active on social media.

Nearly half of US judges are using social media – with most of them on Facebook and a minority venturing onto LinkedIn, according to the Legal Talk Network.

Research reveals that 46 per cent of judges are using social media but it presents a number of ethical dilemmas for them.

The Network gives the example of a judge in Georgia who stood down after it emerged that he had sent a friend request to someone who was on his future trail list as a litigant, ‚Äėlater releasing her on a personal recognisance bond‚Äô. Other judges and lawyers have also violated the Codes of Professional Conduct and of Judicial Conduct.

Source:Legal Talk News¬† Read more »

First MEGA, then Scoop, now Baboom, the close links with the Internet Party

The other day when I broke the news about the involvement of Martyn Bradbury and Alistair Thompson in the formation of the Internet Party another name came up in comments, Mike Tucker.

No one knows who Mike Tucker is and so some digging was undertaken by readers who discovered that Mike Tucker or more precisely Michael John Tucker is one 1 of 2 directors of IP phase 1 Limited.

He and Alistair Thompson are/were writers for ScoopTech, a tech mag published by¬†the Scoop ‘Group’. There doesn’t appear to be any announcement of Mr Tucker’s resignation from Scoop which based on the evidence there probably should be.

It also seems that he is currently a host at KiwiFM as well. KiwiFM is a Mediaworks station and there are now clear political links between Thompson, Tucker and the Internet Party.

We can also reveal that he has declared his connection to Baboom.

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Cry Baby of the Day – Kathryn Trotter

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Cry-baby Kathryn Trotter

It seems to be the season for cry babies.

This the Herald on Sunday’s take on holiday surcharges.

Holidaymakers needing urgent medication over the holiday period are being stung by pharmacy surcharges.

Kathryn Trotter was surprised when Waihi Beach Chemist charged an extra $10 for a prescription on Boxing Day.

Trotter’s eight-year-old son Alex required antibiotics for an infection on his legs.

Pharmacies, like other private businesses, are allowed to add a surcharge for services after hours or on public holidays. It is common at many restaurants and bars, who say it covers the increased cost of paying staff holiday rates.

Trotter said she had no problem with public holiday surcharges on coffee, but they shouldn’t be extended to prescriptions.¬† Read more »

New media in ascendency, times have changed already

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AUT’s annual internet use report is out and there are some interesting results in relation to NZ’ers access to news:

  • 81% of NZ’ers say the Internet is an important source of information compared to 47% for TV, and 37% for radio and newspapers
  • 92% of NZ’ers use the Internet, 5% never have, and 3% used to
  • 79% of users access the Internet through laptops, 74% desktops, 68% mobile phones, 48% tablets, 15% gaming consoles and 10% Smart TVs
  • 70% of users are on Facebook, 7% of LinkedIn and 3% on Twitter¬† Read more »

Bennett’s office in the clear

Keith Ng, The Greens, Labour and assorted proxies all accused Paula Bennett’s office of “leaking” the name of Ira Bailey to the media. Documents obtained under the Official Information Act show that simply isn’t true.

They also show why the initial search for possible breaches failed to detect the vulnerability and it relates to the details publicly available about Ira Bailey.

Once the Chief Executive of the ministry notified the minister of the details on 10 October a staff member did a search and came across his LinkedIn profile. The organisation Ira Bailey works for is apparently an accredited training provider and so the Ministry checked which systems they had access to.

They did this based on the scant knowledge that had been provided in his initial phone call to the Ministry. The emails also reveal that his initial phone call was not recorded.

A subsequent contact was made with Ira Bailey on 10 October. No further information was garnered from that phone conversation.

The ministry remained in the dark, and as one of our largest would have had no idea where to even start looking. Ira Bailey simply didn;t provide enough information or was unwilling to once he found out he couldn’t shake them down for cash.

He instead decided to go to the media and his left wing pal and former Clark office staffer Keith Ng. Far from being the honourable whistle blower it is clear that he gave them next to nothing other than his name and a claim that he had penetrated the systems and that he had spoken to media.

This paints a somewhat different picture than that which Keith Ng would have us believe.

The minster’s office then has to deal with allegations that they “leaked” his details to the media, the emails show that these allegations are untrue. They were more concerned with ascertaining precisely the details of the systems breach.

It would appear that Keith Ng ratted out his source on a paranoid assumption based on a phone call from a proper journalist. Keith Ng named his source, and yesterday he named his hacker pal as well. People will start to wonder whether or not it is worth the risk of ever speaking with him again if he continually rats out his sources.

I must also point out how quickly the request was turned around. I asked this request on Thursday and¬†received¬†the results at 6pm yesterday. Normally government departments and politicians use 20 days as a target timeframe despite information being to hand. In this case it is apparent that the information was to hand, and because I confined the request to a small timeframe and specific details was able to be provided in a timely manner. I think Paula Bennett’s office ar to be commended for that.

The full copy of documents released are below.

Ministry of Social Development – OIA 18 October 2012

Facebook catches up with LinkedIn

ŠĒ• NZ Herald

LinkedIn has had the ability for subscribers to check out who is viewing their profile for quite some time. Facebook, it appears, is catching up:

Facebook fans beware – the days when you could snoop through your friends, former partners’ and work colleagues’ pages anonymously are due to end.

The social networking site has announced that it will soon let users see who has been snooping through their pages. The move is expected to dramatically cut the browsing habits of hundreds of millions of users.

The change to the website – which has more than 900 million members – applies to group pages; meaning users can see who has visited any group which they are a member of.

But already there are suggestions that Facebook may unfurl the technology across the site, meaning the naughty-naughty-stalky-stalky generation may soon see their fingerprint-free snooping habits curtailed, or face the embarrassment of their ex’s new boyfriend/girlfriend realising they were too curious to resist an online-curtain twitch.